Articular Cartilage Damage & Microfracture Surgery
Articular cartilage damage is a common knee problem that can occur from playing high-impact sports or through gradual wear and tear. Patients can develop a chondral defect, which means the entire cartilage layer protecting the bone underneath is broken off, chipped off, or lost, exposing the hard bone underneath. Patients with articular cartilage injuries may experience pain, stiffness, swelling, and uncomfortable movement. Other symptoms include:
- A clicking or grinding sensation
- The knee occasionally locking, catching, or giving way
- Pain with prolonged walking or climbing upstairs
- The knee may make noise typically described as a “snap, crackle, or pop”
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Articular Cartilage Injury Treatment
Minor cartilage damage can often improve without surgery, but more severe cartilage damage may require treatment. Microfracture surgery is a common surgical technique used to treat damaged articular cartilage of the knee. The procedure can be performed arthroscopically by first removing the damaged or loose cartilage and then creating tiny microfracture holes in the surface of the joint to stimulate the body’s natural healing response. The technique is frequently used in athletes and patients with a small area of damaged cartilage in an attempt to stimulate new cartilage growth.
Who is a Good Candidate for Microfracture Surgery?
There is a selection of factors that can determine whether or not you are a good candidate for microfracture surgery. You may be able to benefit from this procedure if you have limited areas of cartilage damage, have pain or swelling due to damaged cartilage, and are physically active but cannot participate in sports because of your knee discomfort.
Those with widespread arthritis or inflammatory arthritis, or who are inactive and are unwilling to participate in rehabilitation may not be ideal candidates for microfracture surgery. To learn more about candidacy, please contact our office today to schedule a consultation appointment.
The knees are one part of the body that are put under strain regularly throughout the day. Not only are the knees responsible for providing stability, but they also bear the weight of the entire body. This makes knee pain and injury a common occurrence, especially if you lead an active lifestyle. Certain injuries can impact your mobility more than…
Microfracture Surgery Recovery
Microfracture surgery is an outpatient minimally invasive procedure, and patients can return home the same day. After the procedure, the knee may be temporarily placed in a brace for stability, and some patients might be required to use crutches for a few weeks. Some discomfort, pain, and limited mobility should be expected several weeks after surgery. Recovery often depends on the injury and the patient’s overall health.
Frequently Asked Questions about Knee Microfracture
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If you or a loved one have experienced a knee microfracture injury and are considering microfracture surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Goldberg today! As a board-certified, fellowship-trained specialist in Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, Dr. Goldberg is highly skilled in performing an array of orthopedic surgeries, including microfracture surgery.